UCM rolls on despite absent offense
Jennies hit lowest in winning match this season but advance
WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Seniors Allie Huffman and Paula Harris collected 18 kills apiece in Central Missouri's four-set win against Angelo State 25-22, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22 on Friday night at the UCM Multipurpose Building. The Jennies overcame 23 attack errors and a .233 hitting percentage, their lowest in a winning match this season.
Angelo State maintained control of the opening set, leading 13-9 after a 7-3 run. The Jens tied the match at 14 after a kill from Huffman, and the two sides traded serves until a kill from Harris and a pair of Rambelle attack errors gave UCM a 22-19 edge that held on until the end of the set.
ASU dominated the second game, taking the first three points and never allowing UCM to get back in the flow. The Jens responded in the third, but struggled to establish a lead. With the score tied at 11-11, UCM took a 6-2 run and closed out the set with five of the final seven points.
The fourth set was just as close, as both teams shared the lead 10 times over the course of the game. Down 21-20, the Jens reeled off four consecutive points, highlighted by kills from Harris and Kelsey Ortwerth to grab a 24-21 advantage. Harris finished off the evening with her 18th kill, and advanced the Jennies to the South Central Regional final match for the third consecutive season.
Ortwerth collected 16 digs and nine kills on the night. Fellow senior Taylor Krejci led the defense with 21 digs. Huffman posted her second double-double of the tournament, with 20 digs to go along with her 18 kills.